Fire Danger – Very High/Extreme effective 7/14/2015

Fire Danger moved to Very High/Extreme effective 7/14/2015.

A state wide burn ban is in effect June 26, 2015, through September 30, 2015, on all forest lands within the State of Washington under Department of Natural Resources Jurisdiction. All outdoor burning is banned including wood and charcoal fires in designated campground fire pits or campfire rings. Gas and propane cook stoves are allowed.

DNR Burn Ban Fact Sheet

VERY HIGH – Fires start very easily and spread at a very fast rate. Fires start easily from all causes, spread rapidly and intensify quickly. Spot fires are a constant danger. Fires burning in heavy fuels may quickly develop high-intensity characteristics, such as long-distance spotting and fire whirlwinds. Direct attack at the head of such fires is rarely possible after they have been burning more than a few minutes.

EXTREME – The fire situation is explosive and can result in extensive property damage. Fires under extreme conditions start quickly, spread furiously, and burn intensely. All fires are potentially serious. Development into high-intensity burning will usually be faster and occur from smaller fires than in the very high danger class. Direct attack is rarely possible, and may be dangerous, except immediately after ignition. Fires burning in heavy slash or in conifer stands may be unmanageable while the extreme burning condition lasts. Under these conditions, the only effective and safe control action is on the flanks until the weather changes or the fuel supply lessens.